| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Erica Gannett for IRL Productions

On Sept. 9th, the Vanderbilt Tennis Club, located on the fourth floor of Grand Central Station opened its doors to the public with a “Get Served” launch party promoted by IRL Productions. At the opening event, Vanderbilt members had the opportunity to play games such as King of the Court and Offense-Defense for free court time. To go along with the fun games, a DJ was present spinning top hits echoing in the massive facility. The DJ had to have one eye on the competition himself as tennis balls were flying over his head.

When members were not competing against each other for free court time, they had the opportunity to go to the second floor of the facilities where Eldad Zvulun, head tennis pro for Vanderbilt, was providing members with on-court video analysis in the clubs practice lanes.

“It is a great opportunity to see instant results in your tennis game, as you can see what you are doing wrong and correct it almost immediately” said Eldad.

The hitting lanes provide players a close proximity with the tennis pro and are a unique and innovative approach to teaching tennis. While the competition was vicious for court time, all the players were having a blast and enjoying their first experiences on the new court. Some players were even going old-school and were using wooden racquets against their competition.
 

Credit all photos to Erica Gannett for IRL Productions